Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Perry County obituaries for the weeks ending September 24.


Dennis Bruce Zeigler, 82, of Enola (affectionately known as Denny or Ziggy) passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday July 27, 2022.

Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Dennis B Zeigler

His lifelong career has been a professional blaster. He was known as a specialist in the placement and detonation of explosives to demolish rock and earth for highways, pipelines and construction sites. He loved his job and said his job of blowing things up was “a job any kid would love to do.” Employers included Pizzagalli Construction and Leon Wintermyer Construction. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening and a true passion for hunting and fishing. He has always been fond of Labrador Retrievers, has had many as companions over the years and has been able to train them well. His skills and vast knowledge of all things natural made an impression on all who knew him.

Surviving are a daughter, Terry (Zeigler) Gregoire; three granddaughters, Jacqueline, Paige and Grace; and two great-granddaughters, Cozette and Anneliese.

A celebration of the life service will be held on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Adams-Ricci Park, Pavilion 19, 100 E. Penn Drive, Enola.


Richard Wenerick, 93, of Marysville, passed away Monday September 12, 2022 at UPMC Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

He was born in Harrisburg on December 15, 1928 to Jesse and Mary Caroline (Wenerick) Campbell.

He was a retired auto inspector, having worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Conrail; attended Harrisburg Catholic High School; Member of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Harrisburg; hobbies were woodworking and bowling; and enjoyed playing organ and double-neck steel guitar and was an avid fan of country-western music. He and his wife liked to go dancing.

He was the widower of Betty I (Shervanick) Wenerick.

Surviving are five children, Joseph R. Wenerick, his wife Doris of Carlisle, Betty J., wife of Robert Hoffman of Marysville, Michael J. Wenerick, his wife Betty of Dillsburg, Richard T. Wenerick of Marysville, and Caroline M., wife by William Gabel, of Mt. Holly Springs; seven grandchildren, Joseph Wenerick, Thomas Wenerick, his wife, Pamela, Selena, wife of Chris Brandt, Melanie Wenerick, Eric Hoffman, his wife Emily, Tara Hoffman, wife of Marco Moskov, Chad Wenerick; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Campbell of Harrisburg; and two brothers, Frank Campbell, his wife Barb of Dauphin and Jesse Campbell, his wife Ruth Ann of Mechanicsburg.

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A service and burial were held at Perry Heights Cemetery.

Michael J. Shaloni’s Funeral Home, Marysville, did the preparations.


Christian Jacob Seiler, 27, of Duncannon, died on Wednesday 7th September 2022.

He was born on July 10, 1995 in Harrisburg to Ricky Lee and Holly Lynn (Loper) Seiler.

Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Christian J. Seiler

He was a graduate of Boulder Creek High School, Phoenix, Arizona; employed by Giant Foods Distribution Center in Carlisle as a forklift operator; enjoyed writing and playing music, shooting targets, boxing and hanging out with his friends; and was a football, soccer, baseball, and basketball player.

In addition to his parents, one brother survives, Ethan A. Seiler, who is currently serving in the Navy; Paternal grandmother, Judith Seiler of Watts Twp.; maternal grandparents, Thomas L. and Annamarie Loper of Duncannon; three uncles, Richard E. Seiler of Watts Twp., Thomas L. Loper Jr. of Duncannon, and Jason Lukens of Watts Twp.; three aunts, Jennifer L. Isenberg and her husband Joseph from Selinsgrove, Janel B. Martin from Watts Twp. and Erin A. McKelvey and her husband George of Duncannon; seven cousins, Brandon, Tori, Isaac, Sirena, Franklin, Laila, Collin and Conner; and a goddaughter, Amelia Stine.

On September 15, a service was held at Hill United Methodist Church in Duncannon.

Ronald CL Smith Funeral Home, Duncannon, took care of the preparations.


Dwayne C. Welker, 37, died Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at his home in Newport.

He was born on February 27, 1985 to the late Ricky Triest and Nancy Welker.

Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Dwayne C Welker

Surviving are his wife Lynn Welker; stepsons Wyatt, Maverick and Dominic Beidler and Drevan, Kai and Hazen Shirk; a brother, James Jackson; a sister, Charlene Trieste; and maternal grandmother, Mary Welker.

His paternal grandfather, Robert Welker, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at 212 Old Ferry Road, Millerstown.

Funeral donations can be made to the David Myers Funeral Home, Newport in lieu of flowers to help with funeral expenses.


Trudy M. Sprecher, 65, of Sherman’s Dale, died Thursday September 15, 2022 at home.

She was born in Lewistown on March 18, 1957 to William JB and Peggy J. (Taylor) McDonald.

Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Trudy M. Speaker

She was considered a friend and mother by everyone she knew. She loved her family and was fortunate to stay home with her children as they grew up. She always had pets that were part of her family and amazing flowers that she was so proud of. She thoroughly enjoyed beach vacations and lighthouses and took two trips to the East Coast lighthouses with her husband. She was very tech savvy, smart and loved to decorate for Christmas. Her Hallmark Christmas tree was one of her most prized possessions.

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Surviving alongside her parents are her loving husband of 45, Stacey E. spokesman for Sherman’s Dale; two children, Jennifer (husband Edward) Paynter of Carlisle and Kyle Sprecher (fiancΓ© Kimberly Rauch) of New Bloomfield; a sister, Sheri (husband Dennis) Downey of Seymour, Tennessee; a sister-in-law, Jill McDonald of New Bloomfield; and five grandchildren, Quin (wife Akilah) Paynter, Peiper Paynter, Mason Sprecher, Lylah Sprecher and Isabella Rauch.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Bryan McDonald.

On September 20, a service was held at the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory, Carlisle, conducted by Chaplain Ed Rabenstein.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704 Hagerstown, Md. 21741 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692.


Robert Eugene Finicle, 94, went to see his master at Beebe Hospital, Lewes, Delaware on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

He was born in Marysville to Russell and Marie (Neidhammer) Finicle.

Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Robert E Finicle

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved to travel and enjoyed the outdoors.

He was a graduate of Marysville High School; a Boy Scout; member of the Marysville Sportsmen’s Club and Perry County Historical Society; a World War II Navy veteran; served on the Susquenita School Board for 17 years; Retired from PPL in 1989 after 42 years of service; and attended New Harvest Community Church in Millerstown.

He was the widower of Reba Mildred (Houck), to whom he was married for 73 years.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Lorraine Finicle; two daughters, Catherine Oesterling and her husband Jeff of Inkom, Idaho, and Marlene Luckenbaugh and her husband Stephen of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, David.

A service will be held at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro, Delaware on Friday, September 23 at 11 a.m.

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Burbage Funeral Home, Berlin, Md., is taking care of the preparations.

Memorial donations can be made to the Doubling Gap Center Camp YoliJwa, 1550 Doubling Gap Road, Newville 17241.


Mildred I. Dobyns, 92, of Newport, died on Friday September 9, 2022.

She was born on December 17, 1929 in Newport to Lewis S. and Dollie (Murphy) Haines.

Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Mildred I. Dobyns

She was a member of the Red Hill Church of God; enjoyed gardening and sitting on her back porch; and her family was her greatest joy.

She was the widow of William Dobyns.

Survivors are a daughter, Mary Jones (Scott) of Newport; a son, Gerald Haines (Carol) of Duncannon; four brothers, Lenus Haines of Newport, Grover and Donald Haines of Duncannon, and Carl Haines of Irving, Texas; a sister, Vera Asper of Akron; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Stanley, Ralph, Marlin and Ray Haines; and a sister, Faye Frye.

On September 17, a service was held at the Newport First Church of God. Burial took place in Newport Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Red Hill Church of God, 16 Church Road, Newport 17074.


Richard Lee Woodward, 74, of Marysville, died at home on Monday September 5, 2022.

He was born in Duncannon on July 21, 1948 to the late Clyde Jefferson and Dorothy Elizabeth (Bitting) Woodward.

Obituaries from the Perry County Times (9/24/22)

Richard L Woodward

He was a self-employed gunsmith manufacturing and repairing firearms and served as a staff sergeant in the Air Force during the Vietnam War; Member of Harrisburg Beagle Club, Audubon Society/Ned Smith Wildlife Center and National Sporting Clays Association; enjoyed hunting, fishing, and shooting clay pigeons; a very talented artist and an avid reader who had a wealth of knowledge on many subjects; and found joy in being a naturalist.

Surviving are his loving wife Sharon S. (Bressler) Woodward; a son, Theron C. Woodward; a grandson, Jase C. Woodward, who brought more joy into his life than words can describe; two sisters, Shirley O’Malley of Duncannon and Gloria W. Smith of Liverpool; and two brothers, Jancsi J. Woodward of Newport and Darryl L. Woodward of Marysville.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter R. Woodward.

Burial took place at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Marysville.

Michael J. Shaloni’s Funeral Home, Marysville, did the preparations.

Memorial donations can be made to the Marysville/Rye Library, 198 Overcrest St., Marysville 17053.

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